I had an anterior cervical fusion on January 8th of this year. The doctor replaced c5-6 & c6-7 with donor bone and installed a plate. I am only 37 years old but was diagnosed last September with spinal stenosis. The only symptoms I was having were numbness in my hands and I was dropping things. I do have degenerative discs up and down my spine in several places. For about 5 years now I have been seeing a neurologist for leg weekness, shooting pains in various body parts & seizure types of episodes. I had dystonia in my neck ( which seems to have gotten better). I have an MRI every so often because the dr. has been checking for MS ( no lesions so far) ; so it was a surprise when they found the spinal stenosis.
I tried to wait for the surgery, but after 3 months I was getting worse, so that is why my surgeon said it was neccesary. I am currently doing physical therapy.
It is strange to have to deal with this since I was not in pain before the surgery. I now can only sleep in 2 positions & have to change the way I do many things.
I would love to correspond with others who share the same medical issues that I do.
Sometimes my husband gets tired of hearing me complain... I can't blame him so do I!